Are you tired of being dependent on pills to treat depression?
Have you spent years in counseling going over the same issues and still feel emotionally “stuck?”
Maybe you hate the side effects of your medication or the “brain zaps” that you feel when you miss a dose.
Have you been told that you have a chemical imbalance and there is no hope for you to be free from antidepressants?
Are you curious about the use of psilocybin (psychoactive mushrooms) for the treatment of depression?
We have more medications to treat mood symptoms than ever… but the number of people suffering from depression keeps growing!
In fact, the number of people treated for depression has tripled over the past two decades as more antidepressant medications were added – such as Prozac, Lexapro, Paxil, Zoloft. It is now common practice to add antipsychotics as “second-line” therapies for treatment resistant depression.
If these medications truly worked, then depression would be a manageable issue… instead of the growing problem that it is.
What about psilocybin?
In 2000 Johns Hopkins was the first research group in the United States to begin studying psilocybin legally. The results were overwhelmingly positive and there has been a renewal of research on psilocybin world-wide. In the past 22 years there have been numerous ground-breaking studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals supporting the use of psilocybin as a safe and potentially effective therapy for treatment-resistant depression.
This completely natural and inexpensive modality has been recognized and used by humans for thousands of years and was widely studied and used for depression, anxiety, and addiction in the United States during the 1950’s and 60’s. Sadly, the use and research of psilocybin was abruptly discontinued due to psilocybin being inappropriately labeled as a “dangerous and not therapeutically useful” in 1971.
The benefits of psilocybin are dependent upon several factors. The quality and dose of the substance administered, the “set” which refers to the intentions and preparation before, during and after the experience, and the “setting” which refers to the environment where the medication is administered.
One of the most exciting aspects of psilocybin is the profound lasting effects of a single "macro" dose of this medication administered in the appropriate set and setting combined with adequate integration. I have developed a transformative 10 week course that provides education and support to those who have made the choice to use this therapy.
Psilocybin is a controlled substance in the United States, although Oregon, Denver, Santa Cruz CA, Oakland CA, Seattle, several cities in MA and Washington DC have“decriminalized” it. Psilocybin is now legal for therapeutic use in Oregon. Many people choose to travel to other countries who do not have legal barriers such as Brazil, Vietnam, Jamaica, and the Netherlands. There are a select number of practitioners providing therapeutic psilocybin experiences for healing under the religious freedom laws of the United States.